HPV Test Details
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, mainly among young people from late teens to early 20s. There are several different types of HPV, some of which are responsible for causing concerns such as genital warts, while others are more high-risk, leading to different types of cancer. The virus is spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected individual, but can also be spread through close, skin-to-skin contact during sex. Many individuals won’t have symptoms, sometimes for several years, but it can still be spread to others.
If left untreated, HPV can lead to severe health concerns. In most cases, HPV will go away on its own within two years, but if it does not, you may develop genital warts or cancer. HPV can cause cervical cancer, cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus, and even cancer in the back of the throat (oropharyngeal cancer). It’s difficult to determine who will develop cancer or other health issues, and there is no cure for HPV, but testing can help you get ahead of the infection to monitor your health and provide treatments as necessary.
The Everlywell HPV test specifically screens for presence of high-risk genotypes of HPV. It cannot determine whether you have cervical cancer, but if you have one of the high-risk genotypes, you can be more aware of your risks. Shipping is pre-paid both ways and the test is delivered in discreet packaging, with results sent directly to your phone or computer from the secure Everlywell platform.
Taking the HPV test requires a vaginal swab sample collection, so the test is easy and pain-free. Each test includes detailed directions to help guide you, and you’ll also receive access to a customer care team along the way to help with any questions you may have.
Results are easy to understand, and you are provided with additional resources and helpful tips throughout the process. If your results are abnormal, you have the option to connect with the Everlywell physician network at no additional cost to discuss next steps. Your results are also shared in a printable format if you decide to take them to your own primary care physician.
Everlywell only uses CLIA-certified labs, meaning they meet high standards in order to obtain both state and federal certifications and are subject to regular inspections.
What the Everlywell HPV Test Measures and How it Works
The Everlywell HPV test is specifically screening for the high-risk genotypes of human papillomavirus, confirming genotypes HPV 16 and HPV 18/45, both of which are associated with 74% of cervical cancer cases.
For reliable test results, any changes consistent with HPV are typically detectable within 3-6 months after exposure, whether symptoms are present or not.
When you decide to order your at-home HPV test, you simply do so online and it will be shipped directly to you in discreet packaging. You will then need to register your test online with your unique ID and follow the instructions to collect your sample. Once collected, you will place it into the provided biohazard bag, place it in the included shipping bag, apply the prepaid label, and ship it back to the lab for testing.
After analysis, you will be notified when results are ready. If results return abnormal, an associate with Everlywell’s independent physician network will contact you to discuss next steps. If abnormal, it is also recommended to share the results with your physician for additional testing, such as a Pap smear, to screen for abnormal cells.
When used correctly, the Everlywell HPV test is over 99% accurate.
What’s Included with Each Everlywell HPV Test
- Vaginal swab packet
- Biohazard bag
- Prepaid return shipping label
Why Choose the Everlywell HPV Test?
- The Everlywell HPV test screens for 14 high-risk HPV genotypes to understand your risk for cervical cancer
- All Everlywell tests are physician-reviewed and approved by an independent, board-certified physician within your state
- All labs working with Everlywell are CLIA-certified, indicating they meet the high standards in order to obtain state and federal certifications, and are submitted to regular inspections
- Everlywell is a HIPAA-compliant company using state-of-the-art, bank-grade encryption to ensure data is securely stored and your data is never sold
Results are easy to understand and you are provided with guidance towards next steps to achieve health and wellness
- Shipping is free
- The Everlywell HPV test is available as a one-time purchase or via discounted subscription shipped monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually
- Everlywell accepts FSA/HSA for the HPV test